Monday, November 28, 2005

Rumblings in the 1st

Word is out that Teresa Altemus, York District Supervisor on the Gloucester Board of County Supervisors, has her eye on JoAnn Davis's congressional seat in light of the Congresswoman's announcement that she is suffering from breast cancer. Altemus, a Republican, is the President-Elect of the Virginia Association of Counties. She was defeated by Rep. Davis in the 2000 primary, so it should not come as a surprise that she still wants the job. Davis is undergoing treatment for her cancer, is expected to make a full recovery and is planning on running for re-election. It might not be a free and clear path to the General Election from the sound of it, though.

17 Comments:

At 11/28/2005 04:00:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's really disturbing that this woman would throw her name around either as a primary candidate or as a replacement to Davis, because of Davis' breast cancer diagnosis. She should instead be supporting Davis through this difficult time.

I would hope she was planning a challenge PRIOR to Davis' diagnosis.

 
At 11/28/2005 05:55:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Shawn Connaughton lives in the 1st CD and is looking into this situation - he has retained Commonwealth Consultants for future fundraising avctivities.

 
At 11/28/2005 06:08:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think that SEAN Connaughton has had Commonwealth Consultants on retainer for at least five years. They did both his 2003 re-election and the 2005 LG primary and raised him allot of money. I doubt very seriously he would run for that seat, anyhow.

 
At 11/28/2005 08:03:00 PM, Anonymous Rtwng Extrmst said...

Anyone who is looking into this situation in the Party when Davis has stated she is running for re-election is not worthy of your vote. Davis has been a good representative not deserving of a Party challenger based on cause, and if their licking their chops because of her health, all the worse. Shame on them.

 
At 11/28/2005 08:04:00 PM, Anonymous Rtwng Extrmst said...

sorry, should have typed "they're"

 
At 11/28/2005 08:33:00 PM, Blogger MR JMS said...

Connaughton and any NOVA Republican with half a brain uses Commonwealth Consultants. Lamb and Company are excellent fundraisers.

 
At 11/28/2005 08:36:00 PM, Blogger MR JMS said...

... and FYI, JoAnn Davis is also a client of Commonwealth Consultants. Nice try in spreading BS there Anon 5:55.

 
At 11/28/2005 09:43:00 PM, Blogger Chris Porter said...

I don't buy this rumor for a second. Altemus wasn't even on the ballot in 2000.

More likely is that Altemus is interested in Del. Morgan's seat should this be his last term in the GA. Someone else with designs on Morgan's seat is probably starting up the Altemus for Congress rumors.

 
At 11/28/2005 10:00:00 PM, Blogger Riley, Not O'Reilly said...

Actually, the person I heard it from heard it directly from Altemus's own mouth and this person does not live in Morgan's district and has no designs on state office.

And its no wonder she wasn't on the ballot in 2000, only having raised $8,700 for the race.

 
At 11/28/2005 10:28:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Riley,
Did she say she was planning on running specifically because Davis has been diagnosed?

 
At 11/28/2005 11:21:00 PM, Blogger Riley, Not O'Reilly said...

From what I was told, she started talking about a bid following the announcement. Now, for all I (or my source) know, she may have been considering this prior to Davis's announcement and the timing was unfortunate here. I'd give her the benefit of the doubt on this unless it is proven otherwise.

That said, in the interest of full disclosure, I live in the 1st CD, am a strong supporter of Congresswoman Davis, personally endorse her for reelection in 2006, and earlier this year attended a fundraiser in D.C. for her where I gave her a $1,000 PAC check.

 
At 11/29/2005 03:24:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Riley, if you want to be credible you need to disclose that FIRST.

 
At 11/29/2005 11:09:00 AM, Blogger Riley, Not O'Reilly said...

My disclosure of my support for Davis shouldn't shock anyone (given that she is an incumbent in good standing with the party) and it plays no role in the premise of the story. Before yesterday, I'd never even heard of Altemus.

 
At 11/29/2005 05:55:00 PM, Blogger neocon22 said...

anon 3:24, he disclosed that in the SAME SENTENCE as his endorsement for her. i suppose now, on this blog, we will all be forced to disclose ANY donantions ANYTIME we say ANYTHING about ANY candidate. no credibility lost there

 
At 11/29/2005 06:10:00 PM, Blogger Mitch Cumstein said...

"Davis has been a good representative not deserving of a Party challenger based on cause."

What the hell is that supposed to mean?

Am to infer that this means that, as long as a GOP elected offical is doing a reasonably good job that other, up-and-coming candidates need not apply? Please! Where was that sentiment when all the VCAP-endorsed candidates were running amok and embarassing the party>

If there are viable candidates for these seat, they should be encouraged to run. The only way to keep incumbants honest and on track is by making sure they realize that challengers are always at the ready.

 
At 11/29/2005 06:24:00 PM, Blogger too conservative said...

Mitch-

Thank you for calling rtwng out on that.

 
At 11/30/2005 03:21:00 PM, Blogger Shaun Kenney said...

Mitch,

It's one thing when you have challengers based on issues.

It's another thing when challengers are taking advantage of perceived physical weaknesses (in this case, cancer).

I'm with Riley on this. Jo Ann has a lot of support in the 1st. No walking off the reservation here.

 

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